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TD: Jaywalking (Plus Gameblog)

Date: 3/24/2013

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Posted By: Matt (tweet)



TWO DUKIES PICK THE ACC (SWEET 32 EDITION)
#22 Creighton (7MW) (28-7, 13-5 Mo Valley) v. #6 DUKE (2MW) (28-5, 14-4) 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Spectrum Two)
March 24, 2013

Hi!  Good to be with you to discuss Sweet Thirty-Two tournament action, courtesy of Duke. 

*****

We begin with Friday and Saturday's tournament action.  First, I have to chuckle at the meme blabbered on (=SUM Can't Broadcast Sports * 4) (I know, not an alarmingly efficient Excel formula, really; I don't care) and numerous radio stations and message boards that the various upsets over the last two days of tournament action "JUST TOTALLY, LIKE, DESTROYED my/yours/everyone's brackets."  Really?  I mean, please understand that I was, in the words of Bill Walton, a TURRIBLE college sports fan this season.  Not only did I fail to update this here very website, but I also really didn't watch much college basketball, at least, not in comparison to the usual amount that I take in.  The reasons for this are various, but the point of this anecdote is that for some reason, I still managed to detect that the three most likely highly-seeded Round of 64/Round of 32 upset victims were (1) Gonzaga; (2) New Mexico; and (3) Georgetown.  If I realized this, I can't believe it was that hard for people who actually paid their dues at arenas and in front of the TV this season to do so.  I also thought that SLU was totally ripe for an upset and picked Oregon to beat not just Oklahoma State, but also the Billlikens, in about 75% of the brackets that I submitted.  Now, sure, I made many, many mistakes: I had Pitt, not Wichita State, being the team to dispose of Gonzaga in most cases; in most of my brackets, I either picked Marquette to lose to Davidson or to beat Miffle, both of which will turn out to be completely wrong; and I only went back and fixed about 30-40% of my brackets to advance La Salle past Kansas State after seeing the Explorers in the First Four, and I just barely pulled the trigger there.  But "having your brackets destroyed" just sounds like the latest stupid metaphor for declaiming how great the NCAA-T is, in a meaningfully hip and cool manner that is apparently not accomplished by saying "Hey, the NCAA-T is really great because it's fun and enjoyable, and often unpredictable." 

Because if an individual's or a corporation-as-person's bracket is really "in tatters" because of Georgetown, New Mexico and Gonzaga, or even St. Louis, then s/he/it/Scalia had a really interesting-looking Final Four, and/or somehow plays only with themselves or participates in a bracket challenge where no one else made the same mistakes, despite the implication that everyone did.  Otherwise, don't let this get around, but it really doesn't matter how well you did relative to time-traveling, sports-betting aliens, or against the "perfect bracket," because the alien time sleuths and the perfect brackets are going to win anyway.  It's far more likely that you are measuring your performance against other individuals in your bracket contest, so the fact that your "bracket is in ruins" isn't really relevant without the rest of the story, namely, how everyone else with whom you are competing did.  #dumbmeme  #kthxbai 

I hated rooting against Gonzaga, I really did: but it was just baffling how there really was a sizeable contingent of people out there with no connection to Spokane, Washington who thought that the Bulldogs were going to make the Final Four, even win it all.  No.  Just no!  They weren't tested in the last two months except against St. Mary's, and the team that punted the Gaels has itself already been punted by another team after just three days of the tourney.  Unfortunately, I should keep quiet about this, because as much as Mark Few might like it if the Selectostiffs go back to perennially underseeding the Zags, if that happens, it'll be about two seasons, tops, before they announce that they're joining the New Big East, a decision that three similarly situated programs/schools (including one that we'll examine in more detail in a moment) have already made for much the same reasons - - to impress the Stiffies, which is really all that matters for schools at this level.  Anyway, I really am sorry, Gonzaga.  Keep playing more top conference schools OOC.  By the way, can you imagine what sort of schedule we'd be seeing year in and year out if Krzyzewski was the coach of Gonzaga?  Heh.  What's more, there would be one entire website and at least 75 really loud message boardies spread across the Innerwebz saying:

"WCC SCHEDULEMAGIC MORE THAN GIVES US TEH PREPARATION FOR TEH NCAA!!!!!!111"

"HOW DOES PLAYING TEH KANSAS ON THE ROAD EVERY OTHER SEASON HELPZ US????   

"HOW MANY NATIONAL TITLEBANNERZ DOES _YOU!!@_ HAZ????" 

But I digress. 

Anyway, I think this has been a great tournament so far, but I don’t think it has a really shocking upset yet, which is either Creighton's cue (although that wouldn't really be that shocking), or the Tools' signal to proceed, so I'll shut up.    

*****

As for "denouncing the announcing," cartoonish studio shows and Rex Chapman (seriously?) aside, the gamecalling hasn't been bad at all.  I mean, Nantz is what he is, but he's mostly mitigated by Clark Kellogg these days, and I must state for the record that by happy happenstance, I saw about 10 minutes of the games that Brandroid and the G-Man were doing, so I don't and can't come to you with my typical annoyance about Timmy's silliness.  Lundquist and Raftery were fine.  Eagle and Spanarkel were very good, as you'd expect.  In Philadelphia, Reggie Miller hasn't followed the NCAA since he and Cheryl played under its hamfisted jurisdiction, but still knew enough to be almost ready to throttle Smellmore for the latter's steadfast ignorance and lack of logic by the close of Friday's action.  Albert and Kerr were VASTLY improved over their performances last season.  And now we hit some rough spots in the road.  Surprisingly, we found something that Doug Gottlieb is good at besides bricking free throws, alleged credit card theft and behind-the-scenes looks (or the lack thereof) at the Israel Defense Forces: he can color commentate!  No, I'm actually serious!  He was on-point, well-prepared, even amusing, and he was NOT reverent at all about anything he was watching, which is the hallmark of a good announcer (see also Sean McDonough).  Now, he needs a different PBP guy, because although Dedes seems knowledgeable enough, his delivery is really boring, and he and Gottlieb should be presented on screen with graphics showing the same last name, differing only by "Plaintiff" and "Defendant," so much do they sound like they hate each other.  I don't know who can put up with Doug's crap, but there's got to be someone.  Then there's the guy who's paired with Boner, one "Brian Anderson."  This guy's got to go!  Granted, I was sleep-deprived, but I fell into a deep slumber in the middle of one of their games, and this Anderson guy (I hope I got his last name right) was a large part of the problem.  It's even worse when you consider that since the advent of Gminski as a check on Timmy B., Boner has been paired with Gus Johnson.  And as we all know, the tournament is not the same without Gus Johnson calling it.  Whatever you have to pay Fox, CBS - - just do it.  After all, doesn't it help Fox to give one of its PBP guys more exposure?  Seems like a win-win once everyone stops slamming their junk on the table.  But, of course, massive, massive props to everyone involved for keeping Jay Bias away from the tournament.  So I guess the whole "I hate Duke" shtick was kinda pointless in that regard, wasn't it, Jay?  #toughness 

Shallow time!  Dooooo-do-do-'do, do-'do, do-'do.  Shallow time!  Dear CBS and Partners: less Craig Sager and Marty Snider, more Jaime Maggio and Allie LaForce, please.  I mean, zoicks!!  Wow.  Toss a fat contract somewhere near Heidi Watney's agent, too.  And what the bleep happened to Melissa Stark, while we're at it?  Thanks, and sorry for the interruption.

*****

The Howler goes bye-bye!  Owwww-wooooooooooooooooooooo!  (Note that some sources are denying it, but I'm pretty certain that when everyone announces a coach is gone, and the school officially denies it, he's gone by the next day.)  Gee, this is a huge surprise in the wake of that Sports Illustrated revealing that Benji, as many of us only suspected, did in fact act like a complete peen.  So for the good folks at the University of California, Nationally Irrelevant, as soon as the jerk stopped winning, he was out, which sounds exactly like the MO of athletic director Dan Guerrero.  Yeah, it ends up that importing solid citizens like Reeves Nelson and three of the funniest recruiting trail mistakes by Rrhoid wasn't the answer.  (Let me take a step back and review this again: Oregon at full strength = 12 seed, but UCLA without Jordan Adams = 6 seed.  Sure, guys.)  Enjoy the Association, Shabazz!  Add him to the list of retired nonjerseys for the Kris Humphries Award, which are guys I'm glad we didn't get. 

The only thing funnier than the Howler being targeted with a silver bullet is the list of guys "being named" to replace him including . . . Mark Gottfried.  Really?  Well, unless the "namers" were friends of his still residing in Los Angeles from his stint as a Harrick assistant, or any fan or booster of the North Carolina State Wolfpack, yeah, I don't believe that anyone would seriously suggest him, and I don't think that UCLA will be considering Marky Mark.  I mean, the guy needs to be baseline competent at his current job, right?  Ooooooof, and could you believe the posters on Pack Pride with their "we are getting jobbed by the refs" nonsense??  I watched most of the game and while I was of course rooting against Gottfried, I didn't see anything all that atrocious.  I mean, these ardent fans watched ACC zebras in spellbinding action this season, right?  So what was the problem?  

A great drinking game would have been to have everyone do a shot every time, in the last 5:00 of the second half, the cameras caught Gottfried, openmouthed, looking like he just parachuted in and was expecting the eighth-grade JV scrimmage more suited to his talents.  The downside is that a fleet of EMTs would have had to have been on standby, or just to be safe, everyone would have needed to have been watching with three doctors apiece at the ready.  Hey, but the guy can recruit!! 

*****

At first, the Albany result bothered me on style points alone.  After all, this was one of those games where you could ask just about anyone, after it was over, "Did you, for one second, think that Duke was actually in danger of losing?" and no one would say yes.  The Blue Devils were totally in control from start to finish, and boxscore aside, their three-point defense wasn't actually bad.  The Albany kids were just loose and ready to rumble, with absolutely nothing to lose.  It was a nice piece of motivational coaching that still ended up with the right result for Duke partisans.  So I've come to grips with that.   

One worrisome sign: Kelly looked like he was playing about quarter-speed, and I don't think he's hit a three in his last three games, but this is going long so everyone can go fact-check that as desired and embarrass me in the comments section.  That reminds me of a funny anecdote, by the way: the stentorious announcement by several of your favorite DOOFS on message boards near you that CBS/the NCAA deliberately screwed Duke by making the Blue Devils play in the latest Sunday slot.  What do we have for these keyboard commandoes, Wayne???  Why, it's a nice warm glass of shut the hell up!  Actually, if CBS/the NCAA really wanted to screw Duke, they would have put us on late Friday and early Sunday, and they did the opposite of each.  Fail!  And more rest for Kelly and Curry is a a good thing, you dolts.  Fail!  Very few Georgetown fans, and very few people who are rooting for Florida Gulf Coast and will hang around to pull against Duke will be left in the arena once we tip off, which means that, yes, this is (probably and hopefully) going to be that rare NCAA Tournament game in Spectrum Two/MSG/Brendan Byrne/Barclay's/wherever that actually DOES resemble a Duke December Special in terms of crowd makeup.  Fail again!  Lastly, any plot involving CBS would obviously put Duke playing before FGCU, so that all of the people rooting for the underdog and the coach's hot wife would also be on hand, at least in theory, to pull against Duke, something that is far less likely with Duke playing later.  Again: fail!!  Other than that, nice piece of analysis.  

By the way, I for one am glad that the New Broadcasting Arrangement means that Sunday's action doesn't have to end before 60 Minutes ("FIND OUT WHY OVER 98% OF AMERICAN TANKS IN OPERATIONAL SERVICE ARE UTTERLY USELESS but not really as you'll see when you actually watch - - TONIGHT!!!!") starts.    

*****

Now, Creighton.  First, I don't care what Butler and VCU do next season - - they already abandoned their longtime conferences in search of more money and a higher RPI.  But Creighton's departure from the MVC after this season is sad.  There isn't much that's "East" about Creighton, and the only good thing about this is that the "Catholic Seven" didn't ask U-Con to join.  HAHAHAHAH!!  OHHH!  OHHHHH!!  ENJOY THOSE CONFERENCE TILTS WITH SOUTH FLORIDA, MR. KEVIN OLLIE!!!  HAHAHAHAHAH.  By the way, here are my suggestions for the Old Big East's new conference name:

The Great Remnants Conference  
Unwanted Ten (NOTE: keep this even when league membership falls to three)
Clint Eastwood and the Empty Chair League
The Slimy League
Conference W.T.F.


All I got; sorry. 

Anyway, as the Bluejays prepare to transition between the MVC and the New Big East or whatever, it's time to answer the question of whether or not this squad is an on-paper mirage much like Gonzaga was, because of lesser competition, and adjusting (to Creighton's detriment) for the fact that Creighton actually lost to some of the schools on its league schedule, and (barring some turn of events that presents another Bluejay/Shocker matchup, which we obviously don't want), lost to WSU the same number of times as Gonzaga did, except the Zags went 0-1 against the Shockers and Creighton went 2-1, including a win in the conference championship.  Obviously, college basketball is all about . . . . 

 . . . matchups.  Luckily for Duke fans everywhere, teams that shoot high percentages but do not feature any real slashing wingmen (I know, I know, I know, Doug McD, but he's not exactly the type of guy we usually worry about) are not typically the ones that give Duke trouble.  In fact, since Creighton does not score too many of its points off the dribble, if Duke's defense shows up for the first time since it was spotted trotting out of the Duke Dome in Chapel Hill, then you can assume that Creighton's percentages are going to drop, and they might not get the ridiculous amount of free throw opportunities you saw them rack up against the Bearclowns.  If - - and it's a big if, I know - - that happens, what does Greg McDermott fall back on? 

Rebounding?  Yeah, not really a serious strength.  Defense?  Enh; their defensive efficiency, graded by Pomeroy, was miles lower than Duke's.  Height?  Duke has an advantage at four positions and is basically even at the other.  Depth?  Not pictured.  Drive-and-dish?  I mean, sure, they can do it, but they usually don't. 

So really, this one's all on Duke.  I'm not disrespecting Creighton at all, but if Duke plays well or very well, the Blue Devils are going to win.  If Duke plays terrible defense, though, then Creighton will have a great shot.  So we've got that going for us, which is nice. 

ALTERNATE UNIVERSE CHECK:  It's a few years ago.  While slobbering around Ames High School slurping after Hairbag Barnes, Krzyzewski gets tired of the diva act from the former, detects the smell of Rrhoid, or just for some reason decides to look at Barnes' teammate on the Little Cyclones (great name!), one Doug McDermott.  "Hey, your dad doesn't want you to go to the sinkhole that is Iowa State because he's trying to get out of there as fast as possible, and since I never use more than 10 scholarships anyway, why not come and sit on the end of my bench and get a free Duke education?  I mean, we'll let you play in practice and see what you can do, of course." 

Say McDermott accepts this decent proposal.  Now - - does he become the next Marty Pocius/Olek Czyz/Michael Gbinije/Amile Jefferson/Alex Murphy?  Or does he somehow get playing time like Melchionni or, say, Hairston?  And then, does he start blowing up, to the point where he can't be sat, and everyone says, WOW!!  Duke got the better end of that Barnes fiasco!!  Interesting to think about.   

Anyway, that didn't come to pass, and so here we are.  Ryan Kelly, who roomed with McDermott on a prep stars circuit last summer, will have the assignment of guarding him, and probably vice versa, and that's fine.  Look, McDermott, a 6-7 (media guide 6-8) junior, averages 23.2 ppg (and 7.6 rpg, also a team high), but he shot his amazing line of .558/.868/.497 in just 31.5 minutes.  I don't think he'll leave the floor much at all on Sunday (and he very rarely fouls), so I imagine, particularly late in the game, that he won't be that fresh.  Solution, Spock?  HIT THEM IN THE MOUTH EARLY LIKE WE DID AGAINST NCCH.  If you're out to a ten-point lead when the other team is still fresh, even if they fight to come back, they're not going to be nearly as rested for the endgame.  So we should come out firing and passing and ball movement and crazy motion on offense and the whole bit.  Make them work and expend energy on D, and don't let McDermott get more than his average, because if he hits for less than his average AND we can avoid a stupid Bootsy from some other Bluejay, we are going to win this one.  Meanwhile, returning to the individual matchup, Kelly should attempt to tire out McDermott as much as possible on defense.  And, by the way, set loads of screens so that Doug has to follow Quinn to the hoop on a couple of occasions.  We always tire Mason out by doing that voluntarily, so howzabout inflicting it on the star player of the other team?  I also want to see some Amile on McDermott.  Yes, I said Amile. 

Meanwhile, Creighton's center is a 6-9 senior whom we actually did recruit: Venezuelostiff Greg Echenique.  Greg seems like a nice kid, but his ppg is south of 10 for a reason, and he only played 22.8 minutes a game this season for the same reason: he's not the greatest in terms of stamina, further, he is not swift of foot, and as a result of those factors combined, he racked up 2.5 pfpg in those 22.5 average minutes.  So, that's basically like one of our five starters committing something very close to 3.85 fouls every game over the amount of minutes that they play, and obviously, to the extent that we can force Echenique to remain in the game, that projected total isn't linear: Echenique's propensity to foul most likely increases geometrically the longer he stays in, and the more fatigued that he gets.  This is great news already, but what makes it even better is that post backup Will Artino, a 6-11, 220-pound sophomore, played only 8.2 mpg this season, including just four minutes against Wichita State in the MVC title game and no scratch at all against the Undertaker a/k/a Mick Cronin and The Worst Shorts You've Ever Seen.  The only thing worse would have been if Cronin had donned the shorts instead of his mobbed-up 1920s-era zoot suit.  As a big fan of "Boardwalk Empire," I have to wonder if Nucky Thompson would be caught dead in anything like that, or even George Remus.  Remus was even from Cincinnati.  Just ask him, he'll tell ya, in those words.  (/boardwalkempireinsidejokery)    

So I think Mason should honestly own Echenique on both ends, but we'll see.  I do like Quinn feeding Mason for alley-oops and other back-line badassery, so let's keep that up. 

Rasheed Sulaimon will have the assignment of guarding 6-4 (media guide 6-5) Grant Gibbs, a senior who's probably one of the dirtier players in the Mo Valley.  Gibbs (8.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg) was a high school point guard, and he leads the Jays with 5.9 apg from sort of a "point forward" position, although a lot of those are obviously feeds to McDermott after Gibbs drives and gives it up, or some sort of give and go transaction occurs.  How to play him, this Gibbs?  Well, the gentleman has not made more than two free throws in any game this season, nor has he made more than two three-pointers in any game this season.  This tells me that overplaying him is not really necessary until he puts it on the deck, at which point everyone needs to remain calm, don their own masks first, and STAY IN THEIR ASSIGNED POSITIONS GUARDING THEIR ASSIGNED CREIGHTON PLAYERS.  In other words, Rasheed, make Gibbs shoot it or try to draw the foul; don't overplay him AND NO ONE FRIGGING DOUBLE-TEAM THIS GUY FOR ANY REASON.  NO REASON.  NONE.  DON'T YOU DO IT.  Even if he scores 14, but McDermott scores 20, we're probably going to win, because "only" 20 points for McDermott probably means he took about 17 shots from the field to get there.  Just a theory.  Take Gibbs out of his game and good things for Duke will result.  He also fouls a lot, by the way, so Sulaimon should drive a lot.  We all know that when Sulaimon scores a ton of points, we usually do well, right?          

The starting Creighton guards are 6-0 sophomore Austin Chatman and 6-1 Jahenns Manigat. Chatman replaced last year's point guard, Antoine Young, but Young averaged 4.2 dimes and 12.1 ppg as a senior, while Chatman has tallied 3.1 assists and 7.4 points an outing.  Chatman is by far the worst-shooting Creighton starter, and isn't much for steals or personal fouls either, so Cook should be able to toast him.  The shooting guard, Manigat, from rock-solid Friend of Dukies.com CDG's own Ottawa, Ontario, only scores 6.0 ppg, and only reached double figures in eight games, six against league competition and the other two occasions against Berkeley and St. Mary's, neither of them particularly renowned defensive teams.  In the MVC title game, WSU sagged off of Manigat and tried to contain McDermott, but it didn't really work, so I repeat that the soundest tactic here is to allow McDermott to get his (contested) points WITHOUT NEEDLESS DOUBLETEAMS THAT LEAD TO EASY SANITATION AND WIDE-OPEN TRIPLES FOR EVERYONE ELSE.  Sorry to shout.  Like Chatman, Manigat will not be confused with an elite defender and isn't a noted outside marksman.  Guard depth comes from 6-6 sophomore Avery Dingman, who scored his last point on March 2 (but has played in four games since), but is one of those guys whom Wojo et al. don't always seem to get to on the scouting report.  For you fantasy baseball players, CBS would call him "organizational depth."  But he needs to be respected.

And finally, you wouldn't expect Creighton to have those team shooting stats without a soulless three-point gunner, and here he is, folks, in the person of 6-7, 225-point junior Ethan Wragge.  This hombre is averaging 7.8 ppg this season, and has notched exactly 10 two-point field goals; the last one of those he either made or attempted came back on February 23.  Please extend the defense when this guy comes in; if Cincinnati had done that, we'd be laughing over the distraction posed by their in-game clown pants right now.  Instead, Cronin's Cronies allowed Wragge to get off five shots from distance, and he connected on four.     

So there we have it.  The crowd should be in Duke's favor.  If you live in Philadelphia, stop reading this and go!!  Tickets will be going briskly on the, uh, secondary market, although you should memorize 5-7 key facts about Georgetown in case there's a pop quiz from your donor.  Or claim you're a crazy FGCU fan, just like Miffle pretended to do in that NCAA commercial that would have been totally cool except it was the Hurryclowns. 

Creighton is a scary team on paper in terms of shooting, but they were that last year as well, and the Marshall-free Tools really had no trouble with them in the (true) second round at all, winning 87-73 while containing McDermott, whose season stats were almost identical to (and in some respects, like FG%, actually a touch better than) this year's numbers, to 20 points on 19 shots.  Yes.  That's what we want to do, and I hope Krzyzewski and staff were not above watching Tool tape from a year ago to get some ideas.  But here's the key: Creighton is not an elite defensive team by any stretch.  The Bluejays do not turn the ball over, but also almost never steal it, they mount no pressure, and they are near-complete strangers to the blocked shot.  I wouldn't press them much; just playing normal defense should be enough, which does NOT mean overplaying everyone and triple-teaming Echenique every time he gets the ball on the block, after which he either dishes to the barreling McDermott for an easy deuce, or he misses and McDermott (or worse, Gibbs or some tiny guard) is blocked out by Casper the Friendly Post (i.e., no one) and gets an easy stickback.  Admit it!  You've seen the Devils run this sequence before.  Don't do it again, please. 

Besides Creighton and Duke, there are 14 other teams playing on Sunday.  Duke beat six of them.  And the Blue Devils destroyed some of them, like Temple.  But the last time that Duke played in this building, Temple "took the subway" and beat Duke, which was dumb and dumber.  So let's wipe that memory away, reclaim this territory, and send a good team packing with tight defense and an offensive flurry.  Come on, now.

Duke 77, Creighton 70.  

 

 

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Posted by: T. Randall Taylor Date: 3/27/2013 12:19:51 PM  
Andre Dawkins update.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDJoDzTZ_B4



Posted by: T. Randall Taylor Date: 3/26/2013 11:33:50 AM  
And for what it is worth, the whole Olympic team did not put medals around K's neck. Check out Mr. Prince.

http://cdn.faniq.com/images/blog/tayshaunmedal.jpg



Posted by: T. Randall Taylor Date: 3/25/2013 3:55:04 PM  
I must say that Collins fellow must be one helluva coach to be awarded a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics.


Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 3/25/2013 3:35:48 PM  
I don't know about you guys, but I certainly enjoyed Withey's HAMMER DOWNS in the second half over John Michael George Paul Ringo McAdoo.


Posted by: Matt Mikhail Date: 3/25/2013 12:39:41 AM  
Thank you Jefferson! Good win tonight! Now let's get ready for Sparty!


Posted by: Matt Date: 3/25/2013 12:14:56 AM  
What an absolutely ridiculous, and yet beautiful, win. Mike Krzyzewski, meet Amile Jefferson!! Yes, this heretofore-hidden mystery man pretty much singlehandedly shut down McDermott for a good eight minutes while the two big clods (and Hairston, UGH) piled up the fouls. Mike? Mike? WOULD YOU F***ING PLAY THIS KID??? IS THIS WHAT IT'S GOING TO TAKE????

Doug McDermott, meet ACC defense.

I'm in shock. Weirdest NCAA-T win I can ever remember.



Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 3/25/2013 12:04:13 AM  
(Channeling *The Dirty Dozen*) JEFFERSON!!!!


Posted by: Josh Date: 3/25/2013 12:01:24 AM  
Excellent! Going to enjoy this one and worry about next week next week. Awesome to see the freshmen step up!


Posted by: CDG Date: 3/24/2013 11:59:55 PM  
Thanks iPhone.... Abe...


Posted by: CDG Date: 3/24/2013 11:59:11 PM  
So happy to be Abe to say: see ya next weekend!!!!


Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 3/24/2013 11:58:45 PM  
Don't forget:

Carolina lost earlier!



Posted by: ClemsonGuest Date: 3/24/2013 11:56:59 PM  
Might all the weeks without RK have really helped Duke win this one?


Posted by: CDG Date: 3/24/2013 11:49:13 PM  
Time to make your free throws, boys.


Posted by: CDG Date: 3/24/2013 11:43:33 PM  
Really liking how Amile and Suleimon have stepped in given the foul trouble. Even better, no painful Stallball.


Posted by: Josh Date: 3/24/2013 11:41:17 PM  
Not a fan of Stallball or even pseudo-Stallball here, especially if it's going to end with Kelly trying a shot like that.


Posted by: Josh Date: 3/24/2013 11:33:15 PM  
Kelly has been a lot more effective when he's not looking for his shot. If you're going to hunt one, hunt one inside first.

A M I L E



Posted by: CDG Date: 3/24/2013 11:25:31 PM  
Amile!!!!


Posted by: Josh Date: 3/24/2013 11:25:30 PM  
Some nice minutes for Amile thus far...


Posted by: CDG Date: 3/24/2013 11:13:24 PM  
Flipping between Duke and the Mi-ami game because my boyfriend is a U fan and took them to run deep. Just saw a sweet feed by Kelly though. Have some hope despite the foul trouble.


Posted by: Josh Date: 3/24/2013 11:07:48 PM  
Whoops, sorry for the quintuple post there. Tablet issues.


Posted by: Josh Date: 3/24/2013 11:06:49 PM  
Arg and such a stupid play for his 4th! Just chest out!!


Posted by: Josh Date: 3/24/2013 11:06:49 PM  
Arg and such a stupid play for his 4th! Just chest out!!


Posted by: Josh Date: 3/24/2013 11:06:49 PM  
Arg and such a stupid play for his 4th! Just chest out!!


Posted by: Josh Date: 3/24/2013 11:06:48 PM  
Arg and such a stupid play for his 4th! Just chest out!!


Posted by: Josh Date: 3/24/2013 11:06:46 PM  
Arg and such a stupid play for his 4th! Just chest out!!


Posted by: Josh Date: 3/24/2013 11:02:22 PM  
Ugh, 30 seconds in and Plumlee goes over the back for his 3rd...


Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 3/24/2013 10:41:25 PM  
I must give credit for the 3 by TT.


Posted by: Josh Date: 3/24/2013 10:38:50 PM  
Nice! I take back a-.....some of the bad things I've thought about you, TT.


Posted by: ClemsonGuest Date: 3/24/2013 10:31:10 PM  
Oh boy, in love with 3s at bad times. Sometimes that only lasts for a half.

Spot on on Doug Gottlieb's analytic expertise. Has he been stuck on CBS Sports Network all season long? Wasn't he on the OStillwaterU team which lost some teammates in that plane crash?

I believe in Bracket Integrity: ONE entry per person per pool. Maybe that's just me.

My suggestion for the Big East Leftovers:
We Tried To Kick Connecticut Out Too



Posted by: CDG Date: 3/24/2013 10:29:13 PM  
Awesome. Plumlee almost loses the ball dribbling to nowhere. Can we please develop some kind of offence other than 3s?


Posted by: CDG Date: 3/24/2013 10:21:38 PM  
WTF? Bad shots, bad D, bad all around.


Posted by: Josh Date: 3/24/2013 10:17:54 PM  
Yep, Ty Thornton will dislocate your shoulder.

Please do something besides shoot threes...



Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 3/24/2013 10:15:01 PM  
Agreed Josh on the jerseys.


Posted by: Josh Date: 3/24/2013 10:11:05 PM  
Creighton's jerseys look like how I wish our jerseys still looked. Blue and white, no black trim anywhere. I found an old Langdon/Duhon blue jersey in the back of my closet today and threw it on...that era's (rarely worn) blue jerseys are my personal favorite Duke uniforms. But I digress...

This is looking like the first half of the Kansas/Tool game earlier (minus the pace). Neither team can find the basket.



Posted by: Josh Date: 3/24/2013 10:11:04 PM  
Creighton's jerseys look like how I wish our jerseys still looked. Blue and white, no black trim anywhere. I found an old Langdon/Duhon blue jersey in the back of my closet today and threw it on...that era's (rarely worn) blue jerseys are my personal favorite Duke uniforms. But I digress...

This is looking like the first half of the Kansas/Tool game earlier (minus the pace). Neither team can find the basket.



Posted by: CDG Date: 3/24/2013 10:04:54 PM  
Thank god Creighton can't get anything to fall either, or we'd be screwed. And 2 on Kelly? Not good. Color me pleased about the rebounding though. Nice to have the advantage for a change, both offensively and defensively (or at least that's how it seems).


Posted by: Josh Date: 3/24/2013 10:02:50 PM  
McDermott looks downright pudgy to me. Is it the t-shirt? The way the jersey fits? My TV? Or are my eyes just playing tricks on me tonight?


Posted by: CDG Date: 3/24/2013 9:55:36 PM  
Denouncing the announcing already. Brutal.


Posted by: Josh Date: 3/24/2013 9:54:55 PM  
That's an encouraging start...


Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 3/24/2013 9:53:56 PM  
Rasheed looking good.


Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 3/24/2013 9:53:54 PM  
Rasheed looking good.


Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 3/24/2013 9:53:54 PM  
Rasheed looking good.


Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 3/24/2013 8:29:46 PM  
Halftime adjustments by KU and none by Roy?


Posted by: Matt Date: 3/24/2013 8:10:41 PM  
Bye, Tools!


Posted by: Josh Date: 3/24/2013 7:37:08 PM  
Roy's tears in 3...2....


Posted by: Al White Date: 3/24/2013 6:29:38 PM  
Wow, KU really came to play in the first 20 minutes. Brick, chunk, Jaychoke.


Posted by: Al White Date: 3/24/2013 5:52:12 PM  
Great analysis and entertaining extra material, Matt. I doubt that K will take your excellent defensive advice, but we'll see. We have been unable to shoot well for two games in a row since November, so I'm expecting that we make this closer than it should be.

If the Devils play lethargically tonight, then we'll know how the Sparty matchup is going to go (poorly) if we get there.

The only thing that can be said in defense of the Selectostiffs is that there is so little difference in talent in the top 40 or so, the seeds are evidently not that important. Any team that plays hard and doesn't beat itself has a chance in about any game. The teams that come out flat can get rolled, eh, Zags?

The clownish studio panel, especially when it features the bow-tied Ernie Junior, is a masterstroke to make all the bad announcers, except Smellmore, seem tolerable. (New Elmore Index -- multiply number of national championships won as a player times 100, with the result divided by protruding front teeth, equals basketball announcing IQ. Result for Leonard Elmore = ZERO.)

May The Kelly return with energy and attitude tonight! Go, Devils!



Posted by: Mark Buckner Date: 3/24/2013 5:06:26 PM  
Indiana had some help at the end. Will CBS, ESPN, et al run a piece highlighting the perceived favoritism?



Posted by: Josh Date: 3/24/2013 3:57:12 PM  
Brian Anderson is the Brewers' television PBP guy, and I like him just fine for that, but yeah, basketball isn't his strongest sport. He came over to the Brewers from the Golf Channel, so perhaps he's just best suited to slower-paced games.

From a fan standpoint, I wish this game was earlier - I'd rather not sit around all day waiting. But from the team's standpoint, the wait is good. As Matt mentioned - the longest possible turnaround between games is good for this never-as-deep-as-it-could-be team (what's up, Amile?). But I have a good feeling about this one. Play solid defense, don't over-rely on the three, and barring something ridiculous, I think (hope?) I will like the outcome.

Also, Conference WTF ftw...



Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 3/24/2013 1:43:20 PM  
What worried me about Friday was the players looked sluggish, like they thought they needed to conserve their energy for 36 minutes Fri and Sun.

I live and Philly and would be at the Creighton game except for two things:
-the recession has hit us hard (and I would buy at least 2 11$ beers to make it through the game).
-the last Duke game I attended was the above-mentioned Temple loss. I don't want to be the jinx.

No Craig Sager? What do you have against the demographic who finds Charles Nelson Reilly sexy?

Two of my alma maters (obviously they didn't teach me Latin) and my place of employment are all gunning for S16 spots today. Thanks, so much, NCSU for failing to keep alive the dream of an all-Fats Final Four.



Posted by: Fats "Lazer" Durston Date: 3/24/2013 1:33:01 PM  
Can't beat Conference WTF, but:

Lesser East
Biiiiiiiig East (the extra 'i's for geographic spread)
Big East AND South
The Protestant Ten, plus some Jews




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